Thursday, April 5, 2012

French Dip Sandwiches

Where to start? Well, for one, pretty much all the work is done in the slow cooker. How can you complain about that? It's the best! I love heading off to work knowing our dinner is cooking away and I will have little to no work to do upon returning home.

What else? Oh, these are super, duper tasty! I have never ordered or had a French dip sandwich. John also says that he never has them. However, we both went crazy over these! Incredible is the word Jourdan used and I could not agree more.

FYI: This was so delicious that John mentioned how amazing they were at least 6 times a day ever since I made them. No, I am not exaggerating. I really, truly am not. So make these. Enjoy the easy and tasty meal and tell your special someone they owe you for such an amazing meal.

French Dip Sandwiches
Recipe from Jourdan Leigh in the Kitchen, adapted from Our Best Bites
Yields about 8-10 sandwiches

*1 2-3 lb. beef roast (the bigger the roast the more it will serve)
*2 tbsp olive oil
*salt and pepper
*2 1-ounce packages dry onion soup mix
*2 cups water
*2 cans beef broth (or 1 box, as I used)
*8-10 ciabatta buns
*provolone cheese, sliced (about 1/2 a slice per sandwich)
*1-2 large onions
*2 tablespoons butter
*1 tablespoon brown sugar

*Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and rub roast with salt and pepper. When very hot, carefully place roast in pan and sear on all sides. You're not cooking the meat, you're just browning it quickly on all sides to add flavor and seal in the juices.

*Place in crockpot and sprinkle with onion soup mixes. Pour water and beef broth over roast.

*Cook 8-10 hours on low or cook 4-5 hours on high and another 3-4 hours on low. You will know it's ready when you pop a fork in it and the meat just falls apart. When meat is ready, shred with a fork. 

*About 20 minutes before serving, add sliced onions to pan with butter and sugar.  Cook over medium low heat until caramelized.

*Place meat in crusty rolls. Top with cheese and broil open-faced in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melted.

*Ladle juices into small cups for dipping and enjoy!

seared meat | in the slow cooker before cooking
piece of meat | shredded meat
meat on bun | plus caramelized onion | plus provolone
sandwiches | dipping | delicious!


  1. Replies
    1. It is so good we had them again last night! :)

  2. I saw this on your Twitter and wondered if you'd made them again...haha!

    (I also just got your text--will respond soon!)

    I also gave you a little blog award today!


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